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  • #16
    Re: Printing graphics as a background - Only fields are printed - Graphic disappears

    Hi George,
    Alpha does not internally support a print preview or an email preview of a PDF file
    Yes it does. Once the PDF is created and attached to the email, you can preview it there. You can also preview directly.

    it feels like a good deal of trial printing to get the fields to display in just the correct place after the merge
    Yes that is correct, but that often happens when you are creating a new document.

    If you would like me to Mentor you please let me know. The code for this is not that hard.
    Last edited by Keith Hubert; 09-04-2011, 05:23 PM.
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    • #17
      Re: Printing graphics as a background - Only fields are printed - Graphic disappears

      I would like to thank everyone for their suggestions and support. I was able to use the desired graphic as a background for a report. Through trial and error, I learned several aspects that were causing the graphic to fail to appear in the final report.

      Inserting a 8.5"x11" background graphic for an 8.5x11" report works where the graphic was inserted through the "setup" tab of the "property" for the detail section of a report. The header and footer bands were removed by using the "property" of the overall report.

      Inserting a graphic using the "bitmap tool" resulted in a report where the graphic was visible only when the report was in the "design" mode. The print preview of the report displayed only the embedded fields.

      A graphic that is larger than the detail area will not display correctly.

      To correctly position fields, the graphic needs to be in the "absolute" mode when entered in the setup tab of the properties of the detail band. The graphic needs to be placed back in the "stretch" mode before the report is saved in order for the print preview and printed report to have fields correctly positioned. Put the graphic in "absolute" mode, position fields, change graphic mode back to "stretch" mode, save report. Print or preview the report and fields display correctly positioned. Fields touching solid parts of the background graphic will not display.

      These observations may be unique to my situation.

      Best regards,



      • #18
        Re: Printing graphics as a background - Only fields are printed - Graphic disappears

        I have a field (bitmap) "photo" in my customer table. When I preview the report of customer, it shows the photo correctly. But when I export to excel, its printed 'PHOTO' in the field, no photo is shown. Any solution?